Alkaline Trio

Don’t ask the Alkaline Trio for help with your science project — they’ll tell you the visible spectrum includes only red, black and white wavelengths.

Likewise for grammar advice — they’re from a genre known for its penchant for exclamation points. Since 1998’s Goddamnit, however, the group has mastered the punk-pop curriculum, graduating to a major label for this year’s Agony and Irony (extra credit for use of pun and allusion).

The three musicians are acing drama as well, with polished power-chord laments about death — catchy, radio-friendly death, of course. Keep Alkaline Trio songs on a nearby iPod for whenever the one with the cute skull tattoo breaks your heart.

“Mercy Me” by Alkaline Trio

Categories: Music